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The Last Command Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The breadth of Josef von Sternberg's satire is laid out in the passage at William Powell's office, where the elegant axis is complemented by sang-froid gagwork.

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February 27, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Sternberg's direction makes this second only to The Docks of New York as the most accomplished of his silent films.

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January 1, 2000
Variety Staff
Variety
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Plenty of direction and as much photography. There doesn't appear to be a miss or skip either.

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March 26, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The sheer sophistication of Sternberg's visuals makes nearly all current releases look old-fashioned.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Sternberg uses the [acting] contrast to differentiate the sides of the battle, emphasize the class difference and create a dynamic of old Europe and new.

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September 4, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliant silent.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

May 8, 2013
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A fascinating character study of a "great" man who deserves, but doesn't deserve, his bitter end.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2003
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

September 23, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A true classic of silent film from Sternberg.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2003
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Jannings is a forceful screen presence and his characterization of the general is impressive in its oscillation between power and loss

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2010
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

German Emil Jannings became the first Oscar winner, when he won Best Actor for this as well as The Way of All Flesh; here he plays a former Russian General turned extra who goes mad when asked to recreate the Revolution in a movie

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

July 31, 2006
David Thomson
The New Republic
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Sternberg is a true master.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

February 27, 2013

Film4

[An] exceptionally styled, shadowy silent drama.

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May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of acclaimed German actor Emil Jannings' first American pictures, directed by Austrian expatriate Josef von Sternberg and tailor-made to suit Jannings' skills and screen persona.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2013
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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March 25, 2006
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